Best Fantasy Movies of 1953


Peter Pan

7.3/10 IMDB

Leaving the safety of their nursery behind, Wendy, Michael and John follow Peter Pan to a magical world where childhood lasts forever. But while in Neverland, the kids must face Captain Hook and foil his attempts to get rid of Peter for good.

Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson, Heather Angel, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske, Candy Candido, Tom Conway, June Foray ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1953-02-05

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

6.7/10 IMDB

Young Bart Collins lives with his widowed mother Heloise. The major blight on Bart's existence is the hated piano lessons he is forced to endure under the tutelage of the autocratic Dr. Terwilliker. Bart feels that his mother has fallen under Terwilliker's sinister influence, and gripes to visiting plumber August Zabladowski, without much result. While grimly hammering away at his lessons, Bart dozes off and enters a fantastical musical dream.

Starring: Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Tommy Rettig, Tony Butala, Noel Cravat, Robert Heasley, Jack Heasley, Alan Aric, Henry Kulky ..
Directed by: Roy Rowland, Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1953-06-19

The Story of Three Loves

6.8/10 IMDB

Passengers on an ocean liner recall their greatest loves.

Starring: Pier Angeli, Ethel Barrymore, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas, Farley Granger, James Mason, Moira Shearer, Agnes Moorehead, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Richard Anderson ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli, Gottfried Reinhardt
Release date: 1953-03-26

Knights of the Round Table

6.2/10 IMDB

In Camelot, kingdom of Arthur and Merlin, Lancelot is well known for his courage and honor. But one day he must quit Camelot and the Queen Guinevere's love, leaving the Round Table without protection.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, Anne Crawford, Stanley Baker, Felix Aylmer, Maureen Swanson, Gabriel Woolf, Anthony Forwood, Robert Urquhart ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1953-12-22

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars

5.9/10 IMDB

Lester and Orville accidentally launch a rocket which is supposed to fly to Mars. Instead it goes to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They are then forced by bank robber Mugsy and his pal Harry to fly to Venus where they find a civilization made up entirely of women, men having been banished.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Mari Blanchard, Horace McMahon, Jack Kruschen, Robert Paige, Martha Hyer, Joe Kirk, Harold Goodwin, Hal Forrest ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1953-04-06
Best Fantasy Movies of 1953 : Christopher Crumpet

Christopher Crumpet

6.7/10 IMDB

Through drawings, an illustrator tells his dog the story of a boy named Christopher Crumpet. Christopher can at will change himself from a little boy into a chicken. He threatens to do so if his father, Marvin, won't buy him a rocket ship.

Starring: Marvin Miller, Marian Richman ..
Directed by: Robert Cannon
Release date: 1953-06-25
Best Fantasy Movies of 1953 : The Unicorn in the Garden

The Unicorn in the Garden

6.7/10 IMDB

Based on James Thurber's short-story about a mild, henpecked man who, while preparing his breakfast, looks out the window and sees a unicorn eating flowers in the garden. He rushes upstairs to inform his domineering wife, and she accuses him of being crazy and threatens to have him put away. He persists that he did see a unicorn in the garden, and she phones for the authorities to come take him away. But when they arrive, with strait-jackets, they find the wife rambling and raving about seeing the unicorn, and promptly take her away.

Directed by: William T. Hurtz
Release date: 1953-09-24
Best Fantasy Movies of 1953 : Siren of Bagdad

Siren of Bagdad

5.3/10 IMDB

Director Richard Quine's 1953 adventure comedy about a magician's efforts to rescue a dancing princess stars Patricia Medina, Paul Henreid, Hans Conried, Laurette Luez and Michael Fox.

Starring: Paul Henreid, Patricia Medina, Hans Conried, Charles Lung, Laurette Luez, Anne Dore ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1953-05-20
Best Fantasy Movies of 1953 : Francis Covers the Big Town

Francis Covers the Big Town

6.3/10 IMDB

A man who has a talking mule gets a job on a newspaper, and both get mixed up in a murder trial.

Starring: Donald O'Connor, Yvette Duguay, Gene Lockhart, Nancy Guild, William Harrigan, Silvio Minciotti, Lowell Gilmore, Larry Gates, Hanley Stafford, Gale Gordon ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1953-06-10
Best Fantasy Movies of 1953 : Four Sided Triangle

Four Sided Triangle

5.8/10 IMDB

A young man, in love with a woman who can never be his, discovers a way to fulfil his dreams. In their childhood the three were the best of friends, the perfect triangle. But years later when Lena returns to her sleepy home the tone of the relationship changes and it is Robin she loves. Bill has discovered a method of duplication and decides to make an exact replica of the woman he cannot have... .with disastrous consequences for them all.

Starring: Barbara Payton, James Hayter, Stephen Murray, John Van Eyssen, Percy Marmont, Kynaston Reeves, Edith Saville, John Stuart ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1953-06-15
Best Fantasy Movies of 1953 : Meet Mr. Lucifer

Meet Mr. Lucifer

5.9/10 IMDB

A TV set given as a retirement present is sold on to different households causing misery each time.

Starring: Stanley Holloway, Peggy Cummins, Jack Watling, Kay Kendall, Ian Carmichael, Joan Sims, Gordon Jackson, Dandy Nichols, Ernest Thesiger, Jean Cadell ..
Directed by: Anthony Pelissier
Release date: 1953-11-30
Best Fantasy Movies of 1953 : The Figurehead

The Figurehead

6.8/10 IMDB

A poem of unrequited love: the studio's first puppet production. Based on a poem by Cosbie Garstin, the film tells the story of a carved wooden saint who is painted to look like a soldier and used as a figurehead on a sailing ship. The ship sinks and the figurehead is saved by a beautiful mermaid who falls in love with him. Her love is not returned because despite his dashing looks he has the wooden heart of a saint.

Starring: Robert Beatty, Allan Crick, Digby Turpin ..
Directed by: Allan Crick
Release date: 1953-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1953 : The Oracle

The Oracle

6.4/10 IMDB

An Irish "oracle" foretells the next day's track results to a newspaperman, resulting in a national uproar.

Starring: Robert Beatty, Michael Medwin, Virginia McKenna, Mervyn Johns, Arthur Macrae, Gillian Lind, Ursula Howells, Louise Hampton, John Charlesworth, Joseph Tomelty ..
Directed by: C.M. Pennington-Richards
Release date: 1953-06-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1953 : The Magic Horse

The Magic Horse

6.1/10 IMDB

Prince Achmed goes for a ride on a flying horse.

Directed by: Lotte Reiniger
Release date: 1953-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1953 : Cinderella's Love Lesson

Cinderella's Love Lesson

4.5/10 IMDB

Strip Queen Lili St. Cyr magically undresses in the Burlesque Novelty Short: Cinderella’s Love Lesson! (SWV)

Starring: Lili St. Cyr ..
Directed by: Lili St. Cyr
Release date: 1953-10-17

All Hallowe'en

0.0/10 IMDB

A woman falls in love with a ghost on All Hallows Eve.

Starring: Diane Cilento, Hattie Jacques, Ferdy Mayne, Robert Mooney, Walter Hudd, Clive Morton, Oleg Briansky, Sally Gilmore, Jane Baxter ..
Release date: 1953-08-01

From Time to Time

0.0/10 IMDB

A young woman on a bike ride suffers a head injury and is transported back in time to an event which occurred on the same spot years before during the Irish War of Independence when an informer was captured by the IRA.

Starring: Micheál MacLiammóir, Maureen Cusack, Patrick Bedford ..
Directed by: Hilton Edwards
Release date: 1953-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1953 : Walt Disney's Halloween Hilarities

Walt Disney's Halloween Hilarities

0.0/10 IMDB

A package film of Halloween-themed cartoons, one of which being Trick or Treat (1952).

Starring: June Foray, Clarence Nash ..
Release date: 1953-10-30

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